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T-shirt Designs: Fountains at the Villa Lante

I enjoy visiting locations where architecture and nature have been combined together. The Villa Lante has terraced landscapes, so it needs retaining walls to support the terracing. It does have two houses, though they disappointed me. Shhhh. The fountains are quite architectural. On the same trip, I went on a guided tour to the Villa d’Este in Tivoli, and Villa Lante in Bagnaia, is similar. I actually ended up liking Villa Lante better because it has retained its history better. At Villa d’Este many of the fountains have been modernized. While updating the plumbing is fine, the fountains were made very splashy and spectacular. Some now shoot water 30 feet into the sky, which was not technically possible 100 years ago.… Read More

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T-shirt Designs: Casa del Hildago (aka Museo Rodera-Robles)

When I arrived in Segovia, I visited the tourist information place. The nice lady gave me a map of Segovia with tourist stuff marked on it and a very long list of everything on the back side. The list gave a brief description of each location and included small photos from many as well. Casa del Hildago looked interesting. Before going, it can be tough to know if you’re going to tour an empty historic building, or one filled with furniture, or one filled with an art exhibit.… Read More

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T-shirt Designs: Taoguang Temple

Taoguang Temple is part of the Lingyin Temple scenic area in the Wulin Mountains part of West Lake scenic area in Hangzhou, China. This was my first trip to China (hopefully, I can make another trip!). And it was a self-guided solo trip for me. In my effort to plan a simple trip, I decided to visit Hangzhou and the West Lake UNESCO World Heritage Site. I had a rough idea what to see and expect, but there was much more than I knew about. I knew about the big temples and the famous sights – which were all crowded, especially on the weekend.… Read More

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